Old Master Paintings, Drawings, and British Portraits


JACOB DE VILLEERS (Leiden 1616 – Rotterdam 1667)

Mountainous Landscape with Figures on a Road

indistinctly signed lower right

oil on panel

18 x 24 ¼ inches          (45.7 x 61.5 cm.)


Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, New York, January 12, 1989, lot 174, (as by Jacob Koninck I)

Private Collection, New England



Werner Sumowski, “Jacob de Villeers” in Gemälde der Rembrandt - Schüler, volume VI, Landau, 1983, pp. 3745, 4095, no. 2475, illustrated (as location unknown)


Walther Bernt described Jacob de Villeers as a “rare Dutch painter of mountain and river landscapes with ruins.” Similar in style to Roelant Roghman and Hercules Segers, Sumowski believes him to be a pupil of Rembrandt in the 1640s. Other than his 1641 marriage in Rotterdam to Elizabeth Furnerius, little is known about his life. His paintings reveal a distinct landscape style in which similar elements of a river plane set beneath mountains and an expansive sky frequently recur. Landscapes by Villeers can be found in the museums of Dresden, Berlin, Rotterdam, Raleigh, Pasadena and Seattle. 

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